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worked and against whatever the project and program is, and it can't cover things like vacation and healthcare and so we have another discussion around whether or not it was time to go back and ask for the general fund dollars to cover that and we talked about at the prior meeting we suggested that there could be some conversations or working group put together with the other departments that saw the same problems and in fact there are not that many other departments that have the level of problem that we see at the department of the environment. and so, we are thinking that maybe the general fund money the right way to go. and then we had a fantastic presentation on the urban agriculture which made me happy. and we got to speak with the person from parks and recr, who is covering the program and we had a lot of discussion around whether or not parks and rec should own the program or if it should be ours. >> but we learned and we learned fantastic things about the community gardens and the city owned property you know, that the people are creating, and they are growing food and
some of that is going for feed the people who don't have other access to food in the city and it is heartening and fantastic presentation and then finally, we discussed the community meeting that we had and we learned as to whether or not the staff could accommodate that level of work, whether it was too much work to put the community meetings together and talked about what worked but didn't, and donny said that they had learned a lot from the first two that we had down about nine months apparent and that he felt that while there was a learning curve that made the work and the task for the department had to under taig take harder to know that they had it under their belt a little bit and we could show
case what the department is doing would be a good way to go forward, a good meeting >> great. thank you. >> any meants or questions about the operation's committee report? >> any public comment on the operation's committee report. next item please. >> policy committee report. chair report highlights of the october 8, november 12 meetings and information and discussion. >> commissioner wald? >> thank you. on october 8, the two main topics that we addressed were review and approval of the resolution in support of the municipal transportation agency and the muni forward program that kept program that we have
a great presentation and a great discussion and provided a very timely resolution, which the muni staff assured us that they absolutely needed and then we also, are very interesting update on the san francisco green business program, from anna wright. and... thank you. >> and then on monday, november 10th, we had a excellent presentation and discussion on the proposed safe medicine disposal stewardship ordinance which debbie referred to as the safe medicine ordinance and i think that i will go forward with chris, giger and a representative from supervisor chiu's office and it a terrific
discussion and we also, no, that was a major thing, that we did at that meeting and i have to tell you all that we have canceled our december 8th, 2014 meeting due to the fact that as of the end of this month, november 30th, that will be one member of the policy committee and that is me, hopefully we will have a plan and maybe even two members for the january meeting and we have what looked to be a very exciting agenda if we in fact have enough people. >> so thank you. >> thanks. >> any comments, or questions? >> members of the public? comments on the policy committee report. >> next item please?
>> commission secretary's written report, the and you also have in your packet a copy of the commission's correspondence log and listed on the correspondence received from the public to the commission and status, thereof and there was a 2015 meeting schedule for your commission and committee meetings and upon request of the commissioner king on the september 30th meeting, a member from the commission, listing the guidelines that are used to compile meeting minutes. >> thank you. >> and thanks very much for getting this all to us in writing and any comments or questions on the secretary's report? >> i just want to say, how much i appreciate getting this legislative report. and thank you for that. and not to put you on the spot,
but are there any items that you want to highlight that the department was involved in, and i can't tell from this report which ones we influenced and which ones just kind of happened in spite of us. >> commissioners rodriguez for the record. the report that the commissioners get is one that i put together on a weekly basis. and looking over at all of the items of interest that the department either program staff or senior staff may have, with respect to the happenings at the board of supervisors so we are tracking primarily those ordinances of resolutions that have relevance to our department, and if it is, a public transit, and in terms of the mta's effort and if it is efforts at the public utility's commission with respect to the energy efficiency and we are
tracking and making sure that we are on top of those and then again, of course, appeared before the public works department for example, as well as we track idealy what we do with a lot of that information is that if there are items that are coming before the board then we will flag those and either meet with the sponsor, at the board of supervisors, and give our comments to the process, or we will actually attend and support those items and most recently as our director shared with you, we certainly are tracking the safe ordinance that is one that our department is prioritizing just this week. and for example, as well, the other item that we we were
tracking is the renewal and there are about three others that we are talking that have not yet made appearance at a hearing, but one is on clean construction that supervisor. and the mayor introduced last week, three resolutions that will allow the city to join, to the join power authorities to do the energy efficiency and so we are working with the mayor's office, and thank you very much for that and i also wanted to mention that i really appreciate the work that went
into the guidelines on how the meeting minutes are put together and i find it really interesting to see, what we need to know and what is up to us, and i appreciate that report. >> and so do i, since i was the person who asked for it at least, i really, and i appreciate it, and it is very clear you can see in doing the minutes, monday ka, it is very good, thank you. >> thank you. >> public comment.
>> none. >> next item, future agenda. >> and i am just wondering and sort of how, the city and planning works. but, how do we ask for more general fund money and is that something that we talk about as a commission, in the future to and i think that it will be a good discussion for the operation's committee to dig into, and maybe even we could invite somebody to help us understand that or joe could help us and again fer as well. >> i appreciate you flagging it and offering to help because it is going to take, as you know, general fund money is very
competitive, and we need to make the case, why this is the best use. >> and i understand that, we decided to give it up on purpose. i mean that it was something that we stepped away from, originally, >> commissioner wald. >> i want to say as i always do at this point in the agenda is that i want to talk about the joint meeting with the puc but i also want to endorse an idea which director brought up at the policy committee, which was having katherine sneed, whose program is entitled... >> the garden project. >> and come to the full commission and give us a
presentation about it. and it is, and it is a very inspiring and a successful and a wonderful program. and i think it would give us the opportunity to begin thinking about how we the commission could help the department and think about how we could partner with katherine and that project. and to, bring more publicity to it. >> yeah. >> for one thing, but, potentially other benefits as well. >> it is nice, or urban agriculture idea. >> okay. >> commissioner wan? >> i want to take it back to the general fund discussion i think that it should be time sensitive matter. and i understand that the department for the budget to the mayor's office and i think in february. and if we have any recommendations for the general fupd we need to make that prior
to that, and to go along in terms of the time lines, so i want to make sure that it is an urgent mat and her should discuss it in january or at the operation committee. >> right. >> andan, 12. >> yeah. >> so that is one thing, and the sex thing is that i would like to suggest that we can go, to the representative, to talk about the green project, in china town to present. and i am not sure if it will be at the policy committee or the full committee meeting. >> i was thinking that the full commission would be great and so the then, is, is that when we have our meeting in china town, and would that make the most sense, i don't know, but i don't know when that will be. >> right. >> any more suggestions for the future items? >> any public comment on the future agendas? >> there being none, next item. >> public comments, members of the puic may address the commission on the matters that are within the commission's jurisdiction and not on today's agenda.
district 4 representative replacing previous supervisor carmen chu after she was appointed assessor reporter that same month. before her appointment she served as legislative aide to supervisor chiu. today you'll get to know her and the issues facing the city. welcome, supervisor. thank you for join using us. >> thank you for having me. >> let's start with a little about your background. where you grew up, went to school and what kind of jobs you had in the past. >> sure, i grew up in the sunset district. still live there. spent about 20 years living in the sunset district and just am so proud to be able to represent the district that i grew up in and where my parents still live. i had gone through the public education system and went to neighborhood schools throughout the sunset district. so, had gone to francis scott key elementary school, hoover middle school, lowell high school and am just so proud to be able to come back full circle to support a lot of those schools that i went to and be part of that community in a very integral way.
>> so, you spent most of your life in san francisco. why did you choose to live in the city? >> well, first of all, my parents decided to move us to the sunset district because they really wanted my brother and i to have a really good and safe r growing up. there were a lot of children and families in the sunset district and i think they felt like it would be the best environment for us to grow up. so, we ended up staying out there and fell in love with it and have a lot of pride after especially working for the sunset district as the electricity i have aide to supervisor chiu for over five years. and working with -- very intimately with a lot of community members, the merchants, our local residents who have, you know, interest in things such as public safety or public transportation, our school communities, our parks and play grounds, just really been such a wonderful experience working with them. so, i just really enjoyed that work experience as well as my own experience growing up there. >> how has your experience as
aide to supervisor chiu prepared you for the board of supervisors? >> i think that i probably don't have a learning curve on having worked in the district so long and having grown up there. i think that it's been really beneficial knowing who to go to to ask certain questions, or, you know, learning how to read pieces of legislation, for example, knowing what the issues are that the city has faced. i think that those have all been really helpful experiences during this transition. >> what motivated you to get involved in politics? >> i've always wanted to be involved in whichever community i'm in. for example, what ix in school i was in student government and, so, working in city hall was one of my first jobs, actually, out of college. and, so, i have been doing -- i have been working at city hall for over six years now and i just feel very much pride in working for the city that i live in. >> where do you place yourself on the political spectrum, are
you progressive, centrist, or more on the conservative side? >> i think i'm probably more of a moderate person. i think that our district, again, lots of families and children, seniors, immigrant community, and i think that we tend to be more classified as, you know, fiscally responsible, i would say. and, again, having my experience in working for the mayor's budget office, for example, prior to working for the board of supervisors, i think that gave me a really great background in terms of how the city works, how the city's budget is put together. and those really -- that experience has really influenced my decision-making process. >> and speaking of the city's budget, the city just enacted a two-year budget and it seems the city is always dealing with complicated issues including whether or not to raise taxes and fees. how will you approach these tough choices? >> i think that when we talk about raising fees or taxes, we always have to come at it from a very balanced approach. we have a lot of homeownerses, we have a lot of tenants in the city.
and, so, again balance is really key. i think we also have to approach the budget and some tough fiscal issues looking at the city-wide budget as a whole and not just looking at specific sectors or issue areas that we real have i to look at the city's financial standing as a whole for the long term. that's really important and that's definitely what drives a lot of my decision-making process. and i think it's also tougher in san francisco because we really are held to a very high standard where we have to balance the budget every single fiscal year. we cannot run into a deficit in the new fiscal year. we cannot print more money. we are held to a high standard by our charter and, so, i think that's why these tough decisions are made every year rent. >> what other issues do you feel are facing san francisco? >> i think for san francisco and also elsewhere, one of the biggest issues right now is really how do we ~ attract economic development and spur job creation. and those are two things that really go hand in hand and really is what makes the city
vibrant and a place where people want to live and can afford to live. and i think that keeping those city-wide goals in mind, to really want to try to also make sure that locally we support our small businesses and all merchants, for example, give economic benefits and help create jobs as well. >> what are your thoughts on the city's economic development? do you feel we're on the right track? >> i think we're on a very exciting time right now in san francisco where we have a lot of energy in terms of businesses and especially the tech industry wanting to locate in san francisco and that's something that we really haven't seen as much in the past after the dot-com boom. and, so, we are in a very exciting time and we really see a transformation going on in our city because of that. >> what would you like to see change about the city's approach to developing its economy? >> i think that really depends on the changing times. and there isn't sort of one solution for the entire city. it real i depends on kind of what the dynamics are going on
with the economy as a whole in the region. not just looking at san francisco, but really as a regional body. >> sometimes district issues are different than zvi issues. what do you feel are some of the biggest issues facing your district? ~ city >> i think because we have a lot of children, families, seniors in our district, they care a lot about your quality of life issues, right. and it's the reason why people choose to live there. they want to make sure that your streets are repaved, that our potholes are filled, that public transportation works for you, that, you know, your parks and play grounds are safe for your children to play in, students can go to local schools. i think that those are all important issues facing district 4 and will continue to. >> how have you balanced the needs of your district versus the needs of the city as a whole? >> i think that as a district supervisor, we play that balancing act every single day in our jobs. and we respond to all of the constituent needs, whether they doll us, whether they e-mail us or talk to us in person about a
problem, we try to sort of bridge the resources that are in the city and help connect them with whichever department it is they might need to be connected with to resolve their issue. ~ but also at the same time we are city-wide representatives and we vote on legislation every week that impact everyone in the entire city. i think that when we take those votes, for example, we keep our district interests in mind and how they might want us to best represent them on city-wide issues. >> you mentioned transportation and muni earlier. what do you see about transportation for your constituents, is there enough needed service? >> i think especially given the fact the sunset district is located so far from the central portion of the city, that transportation is difficult for them. and as you know, there are some issues with switch backs for example on muni and folks feeling like, you know, they don't have adequate service down to the end of the line. so, i have worked with mta and we're trying to figure out solutions to address that. but i think overall our residents really just want to
make sure that they can get from where they need to go from the sunset district or back home via public transportation. >> what about parking and traffic? >> i think that the sunset district typically has a little bit more pricing than some other districts. there are always pedestrian safety issues we have to watch out for. our district has boulevard, we have sunset boulevard. we were also have 19th avenue and great highway. and, so, those are actually state highways that -- except for sunset boulevard, but the three are state highways that run through our district. and, so, when you have that, we have seen some fatalities along some of those corridors and, so, we work very closely with the state agency, our local agencies to see what sort of pedestrian improvements can be made to help make it more safe for feev l. so, for example, maybe it means that we install more pedestrian countdown signals or install sidewalk build outs so that we
can shorten the distance for pedestrians to cross the streets. or lowering of speed limits. so, all of those things we try to look at comprehensively throughout the district to people can travel safely whether you're a pedestrian, cyclist or driver. >> speaking of safety, what are your thoughts on how the city is dealing with crime, especially in your district and how do you think the police department is doing? >> we work very closely with our local police station which is terraville police station. we have community groups in the sunset. they have formed out of response to concern of public safety in the neighborhood and i think that generally speaking the sunset district has lower crime levels than many of the other parts of the city. however, because we are bordering ocean beach and golden gate park, we do have pockets of problem areas. and, so, our neighbors are the first to alert us and the police station when there are issues and the police has been very responsive to that.
>> what kind of issues are you having with ocean beach or golden gate park? >> i think that because it's so far from the center of the city and because there is so much open space, we do see a lot of encampments in those areas. some neighbors express issues with safety and feeling safe in their neighborhood and, so, they have worked very closely with our terraville station to make sure they monitor those regularly. >> what are your thoughts on the city's economic development? >> so, in terms of economic development, i think our city is in a very, again, exciting time right now where we are able to attract a lot of businesses who want to locate here in san francisco. you know, we have seen a recent wave of technology companies that have located here in our downtown core area and it's really transformed our neighborhoods. and i think that as we continue to keep drawing talent and those kind of companies that are city's economic state will continue to grow. >> speaking of growth in our city, how do you feel about the
role of the warriors coming to san francisco and the plans for the new stadium? >> so, the warriors and the plan for the new stadium, you know, the project approvals and the environmental review report will actually have to go through the board of supervisors. so, i'll have to make my decision then. but the prospect of something like that would be very exciting for the city, i think, not only as an economic engine but also in terms of san francisco's cultural history. >> to a degree, do you feel the city should subsidize the team? >> i think that negotiations are still to be sorted out and i think that all of that is in the works. but it's something that i'll pay close attention to. >> what would you like to see change in the city's approach to developing its economy? >> you know, i think that san francisco is a very creative city and we tend to be on the cutting edge of issues, right? and i think that to that extent of our administration and our various departments such as the office of economic and work force development have always
thought of creative approach he that might be new for the region to, for example, attract new businesses or, you know, other sorts of financing mechanisms. and i think that we will continue to do that in san francisco. >> well, are there any other issues that you plan to concentrate on throughout your term as supervisor? >> yes, i believe that having worked, you know, for many years in the district 4 office and now as supervisor, over time we have felt that, you know, many times we are very reactive to a lot of the problems that are presented our way and i want to really make sure that during my term i would love to do some long-term planning for the district to make sure that we think maybe 5, 10, 15 years out and think ahead, you know, now and start the planning work and laying the foundation for things we want to do in the future. >> what are some of your ideas? >> i will be engaging in a community process where we focus on some of our key issue areas that we care a lot about in the district and working with them to kind of layout the
groundwork for what we envision for our district in the future. >> we're almost out of time. but it's been great chatting with you. thank you so much for joining us today on sfgov tv's meet your supervisor. >> thank you for having me. >> we've been talking to supervisor tang from district 4. watch for the next episode of meet your district supervisor when we'll be back with another round of our 11 city supervisors. sore sfgov-tv, i'm nona melkonian. ♪ ♪
>> good morning. welcome to the board of supervisors land use commission percentage i'm scott wiener the chairman of the committee to my right is supervisor kim and supervisor cowen will not be joining us today and supervisor kim can i have a motion to excuse without objection supervisor cohen is included our clerk is andrea ashbury and i want to thank sfgovtv for broadcasting today is hearing jessie larson and jonathan madam clerk, any announcements? >> yes.